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[audio]Lou Harrison: The Tuning of the Babylonian Harp
Harrison discusses the recent translation of an ancient Sumerian cuneiform tablet, in which the musical scale used by the Babylonian’s is described. This discovery has pushed back the origin of musical theory by at least 1,500 years. Harrison accompanies his talk with auditory illustrations of ancient scales and other plectrum pleasantries. The musical knowledge developed by the ancient Babylonians was passed on and refined by Pythagorus and Ptolemy and eventually influenced the Western musica...
Keywords: Interview; Microtonal Music; Lou Harrison
Downloads: 997
[audio]Morning Concert: Interview with Arturo Salinas
In an interview, recorded on June 22, 1979, Charles Amirkhanian talks with the Mexican composer Arturo Salinas. Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Salinas studied composition with Robert Cogan at the New England Conservatory, ethnomusicology with Charles Boilès in Montreal, electro-acoustic music and microtonality with Jean-Etienne Marie in Paris, and orchestral conducting with Igor Markevitch. Included in this program is a complete performance of his “Memoire Imarcescible”, an electro-acoustic tap...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview; Music; Microtonal Music
Downloads: 36
[audio]Harry Partch Memorial
Charles Amirkhanian discusses the music and ideas of Harry Partch on the day after his death. Several examples of his work are played, in addition to brief reminiscences about the man by a number of notable composers and musicians that knew or were influenced by Partch.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Documentary; Microtonal Music; Unconventional Instruments; Harry Partch
Downloads: 255
[audio]Other Minds presents Solo for Voice 58: 18 Microtonal Ragas
Nearly forty years after John Cage composed, “Solo for Voice 58”, an indeterminate work consisting of 18 separate parts, it finds its ideal interpreter in Italian-born dhrupad singer Amelia Cuni. The first performer to prepare the full 18 microtonal ragas for a major performance, Cuni executes microtonal melodies in five different languages with stunning ease. On November 2, 2007, Other Minds, presented the American premiere of this iconoclastic interpretation at a concert in Berkeley Califo...
Keywords: Other Minds; Microtonal Music; New Music; John Cage; Amelia Cuni
Downloads: 1,754
[audio]Harry Partch: Twelve Intrusions - Harry Partch
Harry Partch discusses receiving notariety using a scale of 43 separate tones and original instruments with references to his "Genesis of a Music." There is a brief introduction to "Twelve Intrusions," this recording which is played by five musicians under Partch's direction. The pieces are: Study in an Ancient Phrygian Scale, Study in the Ancient Greek Enharmonic Scale, The Rose, The Crane, The Wind, The Waterfall, The Letter, The Street, Vanity, Lover, Soldiers/War/Another War, and Chamber Mus...
Keywords: Interview and Music; Microtonal music; Unconventional Instruments; Harry Partch
Downloads: 2,380
[audio]Two Works by Ivan Wyschnegradsky
Two works by the famed microtonal composer Ivan Wyschnegradsky. The first work, “Meditation sur 2 themes de la ‘Journée de l’Existence’” is scored for cello in ⅓-, ¼- and ⅙-tones with piano. This is followed by “Etude sur la carré magique sonore” a 1956 composition for semitone piano. The performers are Jacques Wiederker, cello , and Martine Joste, piano. Wyschnegradsky was a Russian-born composer who in the early 1920’s designed the first quarter-tone piano...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Microtonal Music; 20th Century Classical; Ivan Wyschnegradsky
Downloads: 171
[audio]Evenings on the Roof: Harry Partch Series No. 6
From a program recorded in 1965, Peter Yates introduces Harry Partch's “Oedipus”. This is a classic example of Partch's speech-music form of musical drama and dance. Part eccentric and part genius, Harry Partch was famous for his 43-note microtonal scale, typically played on instruments of his own design. Partch often incorporated dance or theatrics in his compositions, with this work “King Oedipus” being based on both the original play by Sophocles as well as additonal texts by William ...
Keywords: KPFK-FM; Evenings on the Roof; Music; Music Theatre; Microtonal Music; Harry Partch
Downloads: 214
[audio]Morning Concert: The Music of Ben Johnston
American composer Benjamin Burwell Johnston was born March 15, 1926 in Macon, GA. Living briefly in Berkeley, CA, in 1950, he was associated with Harry Partch and studied at the University of California and Mills College. From 1951 to 1983 he taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In this program, recorded in 1981, Johnston is interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian about his career, compositions, and influences...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Music; Interview; 20th Century Classical; Microtonal Music; Ben Johnston
Downloads: 194
[audio]Morning Concert: The Music of Julia Wolfe and Ivan Wyschnegradsky
Recorded on February 28, 1992, Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Julia Wolfe, and plays a selection of her works. Wolfe discuses the origins of several of the rather unusual titles for her compositions. We then hear “The Vermeer Room” which is scored for 16 instruments as well as her string quartet “Four Marys.” This later work, we learn, was inspired by a Scottish folk tune yet fails to quote any of the original work or even reference Scottish folk music...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Music; Interview; Microtonal music; Chamber music; New Music
Downloads: 73
[audio]Morning Concert: Ivan Wyschnegradsky: A Memorial Tribute
On September 29, 1979, Ivan Wyschnegradsky died in Paris at the age of 86. Only in the last two years of his life did he become widely recognized in Europe for his contributions to the repertoire. Since the early 1920s he had composed in various microtonal systems in an attempt to expand the possibilities of musical expression. Presented in this program is the first American broadcast of Wyschnegradsky’s early (1916-17) mystical work “La Journee de l’Existence”...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; Orchestral Classical; Microtonal music; Ivan Wyschnegradsky
Downloads: 260
[audio]Open Evening: The Avant-Garde Celebrates Beethoven
A somewhat irreverent, bicentennial birthday celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven with Charles Amirkhanian, pianist Julian White, and guests. After a rousing start with Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven.” the “Overture to ‘Fidelio’” is heard, followed by a reading by George Cleve on the subject of Beethoven’s life and death. Amirkhanian then plays a number of the Maestro’s lighter works, including his “Trio in G Major” for three flutes, and the “Five Variations on ‘Rule...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Open Evening series; Ludwig van Beethoven; Interview; Music; Microtonal Music
Downloads: 257
[audio]Evenings on the Roof: Harry Partch Series No. 2
From a program recorded in 1965, Peter Yates plays Harry Partch's "Revelation in the Courthouse Park" a piece of musical theater based on The Bacchae by Euripides.
Keywords: KPFK-FM; Evenings on the Roof; Music; Music Theatre; Microtonal Music; Harry Partch
Downloads: 221
[audio]Evenings on the Roof: Harry Partch Series No. 5
From a program originally recorded in 1965 and first broadcast on KPFA on Sept. 6, 1966, Peter Yates introduces several pieces by the avant-garde, American, composer, Harry Partch. Partch is perhaps best known for his compositions utilizing a 43 note scale and performed on his collection of hand made instruments. Many of his works were also theatrical in nature, calling for dancers or actors as well as musicians...
Keywords: KPFK-FM; Evenings on the Roof; Music; Music Theatre; Microtonal Music; Harry Partch
Downloads: 147
[audio]The Music of Lou Harrison
Recorded in August of 1968 this is a wonderful four part program in which American composer Lou Harrison presents a selection of his varied works, in roughly chronological order. The program begins with Harrison providing a brief biographical sketch of his life in which he describes being born in Oregon and how he then moved with his family to Northern California, and his subsequent self-identification as a San Francisco Bay Area composer...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Interview; Microtonal Music; 20th Century Classical; New Music; Percussion Music
Downloads: 211
[audio]Evenings on the Roof: Harry Partch, Series No. 1
The first in a series of programs produced by Peter Yates, highlighting the works of Harry Partch. This program begins with an excerpt from one of Partch's pieces followed by a 1960 interview of Partch by Peter Yates in which he discusses his career.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Microtonal Music; Unconventional Instruments; Harry Partch
Downloads: 776
[audio]Morning Concert: The Music of Tui St. George Tucker
World traveling composer and microtonalist Tui St. George Tucker visited the Bay Area for six months to renew her acquaintances with her home state of California. Now living in North Carolina after a long career in lower Manhattan as an important member of the experimental scene and programmer on KPFA’s sister station WBAI, she visits with Charles Amirkhanian, spouts off on the role of creativity in modern culture, and introduces a selection of her music...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Microtonal Music; Tui St. George Tucker
Downloads: 136
[audio]Other Minds Festival: OM 14: Panel Discussion & Concert 1 - Other Minds
OM 14 got started with Other Minds Executive and Artistic Director, Charles Amirkhanian, moderating a panel discussion with the Bent Sørensen, Chinary Ung, and Ben Johnson, whose works were to be heard during the first concert, held on March 5, 2009. Sørensen discusses how he has incorporated aspects from one of his operas into two of his more recent compositions as well as commenting on the challenges of writing for a piano trio...
Keywords: Other Minds Festival; OM 14; Lecture; Panel Discussion; Music; 20th Century Classical; New Music; Microtonal Music; Art Songs; Avant-Garde
Downloads: 330
[audio]Other Minds Festival: OM 14: Panel Discussion & Concert 3 - Other Minds
The third and final concert of OM 14 was held on March 7, 2009. The program began with Other Minds Executive and Artistic Director, Charles Amirkhanian, moderating a panel discussion with the evening’s featured composers and performers John Schneider, Michael Harrison, Chinary Ung, and Chico Mello. Different tuning systems were discussed with Schneider and Harrison demonstrating two of them while also making the prediction that future composers will be quite comfortable in working with a varie...
Keywords: Other Minds Festival; OM 14; Lecture; Panel Discussion; Music; 20th Century Classical; New Music; Avant-Garde; Microtonal Music; Folk Music; World Music
Downloads: 261
[audio]Other Minds Festival 16: Panel Discussion & Concert 1 - Other Minds
The 16th Other Minds Festival of New Music (OM 16) began with a panel discussion with some of the composers featured in the first night’s concert, held on March 3, 2011. Joining moderator Charles Amirkhanian on stage were Kyle Gann, Louis Andriessen, Agata Zubel, and Janice Giteck. Gann briefly discusses “Triskaidekaphonia I” which is the result of Gann’s desire to finally incorporate the musical equivalent of the number 13 into a composition, something he achieves with the introduction ...
Keywords: Other Minds; Other Minds Festival of New Music; OM 16; Lecture; Panel Discussion; Music; 21st Century Classical; Chamber Music; Microtonal Music
Downloads: 282
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